It is astounding how quickly time flies. The first day of school is right around the corner and we are ready to begin another phenomenal year here at Collier County Public Schools. We have achieved so much and still have lots to look forward to in 2017-18.
I am thrilled by the recent district and school grades released by the Florida Department of Education. I am proud to say that we are once again an A rated district. In addition, we are now the fifth highest of 67 districts in Florida, an increase in state ranking from 14th in 2016 and 33rd in 2011. At the school level, CCPS has shown significant growth in the number of schools earning an “A” or “B,” up to 74% (2017) from 53% (2016). This year, 46% of our schools earned an “A” and we continued to have no “F” schools. Overall, 17 schools improved one or more letter grades. This is truly a testament to the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, volunteers, and community members who make this possible. I am so CCPS Proud!
This year, CCPS continues to be full STEAM ahead with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math opportunities for all students k-12. We are also expanding the grade two STEAM challenge this year –in robotics coding – which will continue to increase student engagement and achievement. One of our biggest events of the year is the annual STEAM Conference, held on October 28 this year. It may seem far away now, but time really starts to fly early in the school year!
The 2017-18 school year is the inaugural year for middle schools to offer Engineering through Technology electives during the day, an extension of the successful clubs offered last year. Entrepreneurship will make its debut in grades six through eight this year as an after-school club on all campuses, complete with an exciting innovation lab! Cambridge Secondary is well established at this point and sure to be part of another phenomenal year at the middle school level
I am also looking forward to making new additions to our accelerated learning curriculum at the elementary level. This year, students identified as gifted or high-achieving in third through fifth grades can participate in the inaugural year of the Cambridge Primary program. I am looking forward to seeing how these students progress throughout the year.
As the year begins, we are continuing our efforts to enhance communication between schools, the district, and parents. Last year, we debuted the enhanced Parent Portal, a one-stop shop for parents to update their contact information, choose their communication preferences, and acknowledge some important paperwork. This is where you can select the communication methods that work for you. Not a fan of automated phone calls? Sign up for text messaging! Maybe you prefer email? Be sure we have yours on file! Whatever you prefer, be sure your information is up to date by visiting the Portal today.
I cannot wait to see what we achieve this year!
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